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TORONTO -- Georges St-Pierre is back training -- in Paris.

The Montreal mixed martial arts star, who beat Carlos Condit two weeks ago to defend his welterweight title at UFC 154, tweeted a picture of himself in Paris on Friday.

"Thanks Tidiani Biga & Abdoulaye Fadiga for the great training session when I arrived in Paris this morning!" read the tweet.

The smiling St-Pierre appears to be healing well from his five-round war with Condit, with only a few marks left on his face.

St-Pierre went on vacation after his Bell Centre win. He tweeted Wednesday he was back in Montreal.

A super-fight with middleweight champion may be next for St-Pierre. GameStop, Inc. GameStop, Inc.

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Seth Griffith set up four of his club's goals as the London Knights came from behind to defeat the visiting Barrie Colts 5-3 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League play.

The 19-year-old forward, who had his 13-game point streak snapped on Thursday in a 3-1 victory against the Kitchener Rangers, has 19 goals and 48 points in 28 games, which puts him second in OHL scoring behind Niagara IceDogs' forward Ryan Strome.

Bo Horvat scored twice for the Knights (21-5-2), who were down 2-0 less than nine minutes into the first period, while Max Domi and Alex Broadhurst had a goal and two assists apiece.

Domi has produced six goals and 16 points in his last 10 outings and his 38 points in 28 games places him second in team scoring behind Griffith.

Josh Anderson scored the other goal for London, which has won 13 games in a row and sit first in the OHL standings.

Aaron Ekblad, Ryan O'Connor and Zach Hall scored for the Colts (19-8-1), who still remain the top team in the Eastern Conference standings.

Kevin Bailie turned away 30 shots for his 11th win of the season as Mathias Niederberger stopped 36-of-41 shots in a losing cause.

London went 2 for 3 on the power play while Barrie scored once on three chances with the man advantage.

Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Oshawa 4, Kingston 2; Kitchener 3, Windsor 2 (SO); Plymouth 4, Ottawa 1; Sarnia 7, Saginaw 4; Sault Ste. Marie 6, Erie 4; Guelph 3, Brampton 2; Niagara 6, Mississauga 4 and Owen Sound 6, Sudbury 4.

At London, Ont., Hall opened the scoring for the Colts 2:54 into the first period and Ekblad extended his club's lead with a short-handed goal at 8:54.

Broadhurst put the Knights on the board at 11:22 and it stayed 2-1 for Barrie until 5:40 of the second period when Horvat tied the game for London.

Horvat and Anderson each scored a power-play goal, less than two minutes apart, to give the Knights a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes of play.

O'Connor brought Barrie within one goal when he scored on the power play at 3:13 of the third period, however Domi responded for London at 12:21.


Generals 4 Frontenacs 2

At Kingston, Ont., Tyler Biggs and Cole Cassels scored first-period goals and Daniel Altshuller stopped 23-of-25 shots as Oshawa (16-10-3) doubled up the Frontenacs (14-12-0) for its fourth win in a row.


Rangers 3 Spitfires 2 (SO)

At Kitchener, Ont., Eric Ming scored the shootout winner and Franky Palazzese turned aside 30-of-32 shots, including a Brady Vail penalty shot in the second period, as the Rangers (17-8-2) edged Windsor (10-12-6) for their 11th win in 13 home games.


Whalers 4 67's 1

At Plymouth, Mich., Stefan Noesen scored twice and Alex Nedeljkovic turned away 22 shots as the Whalers (14-8-4) defeated Ottawa (7-19-2), which is winless in its last four outings.


Sting 7 Spirit 4

At Sarnia, Ont., Reid Boucher and Charles Sarault combined for five goals and 10 points while Alex Galchenyuk chipped in with a goal and two assists as the Sting (14-11-2) beat Saginaw (11-14-3).


Greyhounds 6 Otters 4

At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Colin Miller, Brandon Alderson, Darnell Nurse and Nick Cousins had a goal and an assist each as the Greyhounds (13-13-2) defeated Erie (7-16-5), which are winless in five straight contests.


Storm 3 Battalion 2

At Guelph, Ont., Andrey Pedan and Zac Leslie had a goal and an assist each as the Storm (17-8-3) jumped out to a 3-0 lead and hung on to beat Brampton (12-11-5), which has dropped three games in a row.


IceDogs 6 Steelheads 4

At Mississauga, Ont., Ryan Strome scored two goals and added two assists, which gives him an OHL leading 56 points in 29 games, as Niagara (18-9-2) built up a 4-0 lead and held on to defeat the Steelheads (17-9-1).


Attack 6 Wolves 4

At Sudbury, Ont., Cameron Brace had two goals and an assist as Owen Sound (19-5-3) downed the Wolves (10-15-4), who got a hat trick from forward Nathan Pancel in the loss. GameStop, Inc. GameStop, Inc.

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TORONTO -- Dwane Casey walked into the post-game press conference and plunked down a bottle of Gatorade on the podium.

The coach joked that he didn't drink beer, so Gatorade was his post-game celebratory drink of choice.

The beleaguered Toronto Raptors finally had something to celebrate Friday, beating the Phoenix Suns 101-97 for their first victory in seven games -- a much-needed mental boost, they said, before departing on a tough five-game road trip.

"The way Kyle (Lowry) put it, we're in a four-and-a-half feet hole, trying to stop digging," Casey said of the Raptors' early-season woes.

DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points to top Toronto (4-13), while Amir Johnson added 16, Jose Calderon contributed 13 points and nine assists and Lowry finished with 15 points.

"It felt good, we definitely needed it mentally, we definitely needed it before we went on this tough road trip," said Lowry.

The Raptors open this latest road trip on a gruelling early-season schedule Monday in Denver.

Marcin Gortat, Jared Dudley and Shannon Brown scored 14 points apiece for the Phoenix (6-10).

The Raptors found themselves in a situation all-too-familiar, watching a fourth-quarter lead all but disappear against a Suns team hungry to make up for a humiliating 117-77 loss in Detroit two nights earlier -- the third worst margin of defeat in the Suns' history.

DeRozan's putback of his own blocked shot with 0.3 seconds left to go in the third gave Toronto an 80-76 lead with one quarter left in the game, and then Calderon carried the team for much of the fourth, either scoring or assisting on virtually every point for a Raptors squad desperate to hold on for a victory. A three-point play by Johnson gave Toronto a nine-point lead, but the home team's advantage in front of 18,246 fans at the Air Canada Centre slowly disappeared, a bucket by Brown with 1:07 on the clock to make it a one-point game.

But that would be the Suns' only two points in the final two minutes.

"Big-time defence down the stretch," Casey said.

Lowry scooped up a rebound on a Gortat miss and was fouled, draining one of two free throws.

Then Andrea Bargnani, back after missing Wednesday's loss at Memphis with a sore left ankle, grabbed a huge rebound with three seconds on the clock and was fouled for two free throws to clinch the rare win for Toronto.

"Our other guys were doing a great job offensively so I didn't need to take many shots, and I was trying to make myself useful on defence," Bargnani said.

The strong late effort must have been welcome relief for the beleaguered big man who scored just four points on 1-for-4 shooting in 27 minutes. Bargnani, Toronto's No. 1 draft pick in 2006, has drawn the ire of Raptors' fans again this season, and last week against San Antonio scored just four points on 2-of-19 shooting.

"He did an excellent job of moving his feet, sliding his feet and got the stop," Casey said of Bargnani's big rebound. "He did a great job down the stretch, free-throw wise, so he came in after struggling with a sore foot and everything and gave us something at the end."

Mickael Pietrus, who made his Raptors debut just hours after the team announced his signing had kind words for Bargnani.

"Sometimes you're not going to get 20 shots, so you've got to do whatever it takes to help the team," Pietrus said.

The six-foot-six three-point specialist, acquired to help fill the void left by injured Landry Fields (arm), finished with six points, making two-of-five shots from three-point range.

The Raptors had a sluggish start falling behind by 10 points midway through the first quarter and trailed 25-19 heading into the second.

Calderon made an immediate difference in the second, doling out five assists as the Raptors shot 72 per cent and whittled away at the Suns' lead. A three-pointer by Lowry at the buzzer cut the Suns' lead to 52-51 at halftime. It was the first time in eight games the Raptors weren't outscored in the second.

DeRozan led the way with seven points in the third, and his bucket and free throw with less than a second left in the game gave Toronto an 80-76 advantage heading into the fourth.

NOTES: Toronto rapper Drake had a courtside seat, along with Senator David Braley, owner of the Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts. . . The Raptors honoured Canada's men's wheelchair basketball team that captured gold at the London Olympics. GameStop, Inc. GameStop, Inc.

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